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CHAPLAIN'S MESSAGE: Since the Spirit is our life, let us be directed by the Spirit

thumbnail image This week we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost as the culmination of our Eastertide festivities. It is now 50 days since Easter Sunday when we were given the great proclamation ‘Christ is risen!’ Now we are given the Holy Spirit with Our Lady and the Apostles to send us forth with that message in our hearts to witness to a waiting world. Each one of us is called to let the Holy Spirit guide our lives so that we can follow God’s will as members of his Church and as representatives of his Kingdom.

In today’s readings we read St Paul saying ‘since the Spirit is our life, let us be directed by the Spirit.’ The Holy Spirit is our life because without him we would remain in our sins. Each of us receives the Holy Spirit in Baptism and then in Confirmation so that we can experience the gift of God’s mercy and regeneration. This is the gift of new life that the Christian can receive because of the Paschal Sacrifice that Jesus offered up on the Cross for our transgressions. Although, having received the Holy Spirit through the Sacraments we still need to learn how to co-operate with his presence in our lives and so St Paul encourages us to let ourselves ‘be directed’ by him.

To be directed by the Holy Spirit is to be willing to say to the Lord ‘Your will be done’. God’s will has been revealed to all of us through the commandments to love that Jesus left us. Jesus also tells us in today’s Gospel that the Holy Spirit will lead us into ‘the complete truth’. We believe that God is the truth and that he knows the best way for us to live our lives. He also knows how he can bring good even of bad, grace out of grief and life out of death. Our world needs this direction as much as ever, possibly even more. The Apostles lived their lives following the Holy Spirit of God. The Church also sees in Our Lady the perfect disciple who allowed God’s will to guide her every step. Let us ask for the intercession of Mary and the Apostles today that we might also learn to live our lives in the power and love of the Holy Spirit.

Fr Martin Plunkett

See also: College of Chaplains

THIS WEEK'S DIARY

thumbnail image Friday 18 May
09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness and Coffee Morning
17.00 Cathedral Joint Vespers with Westminster Abbey
18.00 Cathedral Mass: Said
19.00 Cathedral Hall Charismatic Prayer Group

Saturday 19 May
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group
15.00 Cathedral Mass for Matrimony: Cardinal Nichols
18.00 Cathedral Visiting Choir: Cardinal Vaughan Schola

Sunday 20 May PENTECOST
12.00 Hinsley Room Catholic Grandparents’ Association
12.15 Cathedral Parish Confirmations: Cardinal Nichols
13.00 St Patrick’s Chapel Divine Mercy Prayer Group
14.oo Hinsley Room Filipino Club
16.45 Cathedral Organ Recital: Jonathan Allsopp
(Westminster Cathedral)
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

Monday 21 May The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church
11.30 Hinsley Room Prayer Group
18.30 Hinsley Room Christian Meditation Group
18.30 Cathedral Guild of the Blessed Sacrament
19.00 Clergy House Rm 2 Studying the Catechism Together

Tuesday 22 May
All day Cathedral Hall NHS Blood Transfusion Service
18.30 Cathedral Guild of St Anthony

Wednesday 23 May

Thursday 24 May OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST,
THE ETERNAL HIGH PRIEST
10.00 Hinsley Room Mother and Toddler Group
13.30 Cathedral Art Lesson
18.30 Clergy House Rm 2 Legion of Mary

Friday 25 May St Bede the Venerable, Priest & Doctor
09.30 Hinsley Room Fitness and Coffee Morning
19.00 Cathedral Hall Charismatic Prayer Group

Saturday 26 May St Philip Neri, Priest
10.00 Hinsley Room Centering Prayer Group
14.00 Cathedral Deanery Youth Confirmations: Cardinal Nichols
14.00 Hinsley Room Justice and Peace Group
20.00 Cathedral Sistine Chapel Choir Concert

Sunday 27 May THE MOST HOLY TRINITY
12.00 Hinsley Room Nigerian Catholic Association
13.00 St Patrick’s Chapel Divine Mercy Prayer Group
14.30 Hinsley Room Oblates’ Group
16.45 Cathedral Organ Recital: Stephen Power (Brecon Cathedral)
19.45 The Windsor Castle Young Adults’ Group

AN INVITATION TO YOUNG ADULTS FROM THE CARDINAL

thumbnail image The Cardinal invites young adults, aged 18 to 30, to join him at Archbishops House for two meetings (29 May and 19 June, both at 6.30pm) to explore the theme of vocation, with an opportunity for prayer, input, discussion and question and answer. All are welcome to attend whichever meeting they are able. More details can be found on the youth section of the diocesan website (www.dowym.com). If you would like to come along, please let us know by sending a quick email to youth@rcdow.org.uk.

Related links: Youth Section of Diocesan Website Email for Registration

MOTHERS AND TODDLERS GROUP

thumbnail image 10am-midday, every Thursday during term-time.

Our group comes together every Thursday morning for coffee, chat and catechism. Fr Martin Plunkett offers a topical reflection leading to group discussion. He also brings his guitar and the toddlers enjoy singing and dancing together! The sessions offer a chance to get to know other mothers within our parish, to support each other on the journey of Catholic family life. Everyone welcome with babies and toddlers. Please contact Alexandra Watson for further information, or just turn up at the Hinsley Room at 10am on Thursday. Email aphilpotts@cantab.net or 07789 656433.

Related links: Email for Alexandra Watson

CATHOLIC GRANDPARENTS’ ASSOCIATION - PILGRIMAGE TO BATH ON SATURDAY 26TH MAY

thumbnail image The Catholic Grandparents’ Pilgrimage to Bath will take place on Saturday, 26 May, departing from Ambrosden Avenue at 7am, returning at 5pm. Tickets are £25 each and can be obtained from the Grandparents’ Association. Please contact Chris Ragonton on 07869 131218 or Lolita Botanes 07424 313384.

SISTINE CHAPEL CHOIR - CONCERT ON SATURDAY 26TH MAY

thumbnail image The Sistine Chapel Choir, the Holy Father’s personal choir, performs a sacred choral music concert from the repertoire they sing in the Vatican on Saturday, 26 May at 8pm in Westminster Cathedral. The concert will last an hour, and is free of charge (no tickets required). Come and experience this world-famous choir singing in the beautiful setting of Westminster Cathedral. All are welcome.

WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM - 6TH JUNE 2018

thumbnail image This will take place on Wednesday, 6 June and will be led by Canon Christopher Tuckwell. The coach departs at 7.15am prompt from Ambrosden Avenue. Tickets are £18 and to book please ring Theresa Giwa on 07553 846685 or Clergy House Reception with the exact amount in the envelope with your name and telephone number.

FORTHCOMING FRIENDS' EVENTS

thumbnail image Wednesday, 23 May: Chartwell. A day trip to Chartwell - the country house of Winston Churchill. On arrival at Chartwell there will be free time to walk in the gardens and visit Churchill’s studio which opens at 12pm. Free time for lunch and then we have two slots for visiting the house at 1.30pm and 1.40pm. We will travel on to Westerham for a tour of Quebec House - the childhood home of Colonel Wolfe - at 3.30pm followed by tea in the village. Coach will depart from Clergy House at 9.00am. Ticket price £48.

Tuesday 26th June: The next quiz with fish and chip supper will be held on Tuesday, 26 June starting at 6.30pm in Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue. Tickets £15 each.

Tickets for events are available from the Friends’ Office, 42 Francis Street, SW1, telephone 020 7798 9059 or email: friends@rcdow.org.uk.

Related links: Email for Friends Office

WESTMINSTER DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 2018 - HELPING OUR SICK PILGRIMS AS A ST FRAI HOSPITALITE HELPER

thumbnail image If you are over 18, your help would be very much appreciated as a St Frai Helper. Some of our sick pilgrims in most need of support and medical care stay in a hospital-like building called the Accueil St Frai in the centre of Lourdes. It is well equipped for their care and they are looked after by a team of doctors, nurses and volunteer St Frai Helpers.
The role of a St Frai helper is to support the nurses and provide the sort of care for which you don’t need a medical qualification. This includes helping the pilgrims get up and ready in the morning; making large amounts of tea; taking the pilgrims to various pilgrimage events; shopping and socialising with them and other helpers; and putting them to bed at night. The timetable is shared across two shifts so there is enough time to rest, make your own pilgrimage, spend time with your groups and make new friends.
Helping in the St Frai is an extremely moving and rewarding experience. Working there offers an opportunity to give our care and company to our pilgrims and make a huge difference in their lives.
If you are interested in helping in the St Frai in Lourdes, please email chief helper Nick Leonard and team at westminsterstfrai@gmail.com.

Related links: Email for Nick Leonard

CATHEDRAL SUMMER FAIR - SATURDAY 28TH JULY

thumbnail image Fair will be held on Saturday, 28 July in Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue, from 11am to 4pm. Delicious food will be available from our Nigerian and Filipino communities as well as home-made cakes, jams and a Pimms stall. There will be stalls selling gift items, jewellery, toys, bric a brac, CDs books, videos etc., with music and dancing displays by members of our Filipino Club.
Please help by contributing unwanted gift items, bottles for the tombola and the Pimms stall, and by coming along and spending money on the day. Raffle tickets are now available at £1 each or £5 for a book with great prizes including meals in local restaurants. Donations may be left at Clergy House. If you wish to be involved by helping on the day or by donating, please contact Mary Maxwell on 020 7798 9181 or marym@rcdow.org.uk

Related links: Email for Mary Maxwell

NEXT QUIZ NIGHT HOSTED BY THE FRIENDS: TUESDAY 26TH JUNE

thumbnail image The next quiz with fish and chip supper will be held on Tuesday, 26 June starting at 6.30pm in Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue. Tickets £15 each available from the Friends’ Office, 42 Francis Street, SW1, telephone 020 7798 9059 or email: friends@rcdow.org.uk.

Related links: Email for Tickets

LONDON EVENINGS OF FAITH

thumbnail image A series of talks to make sense of the Catholic faith in our modern scientific world.

Tuesday, 22 May: Spe Salvi: Hope for the future, Fr Philip Miller.

Tuesday, 5 June: Deus Caritas Est, Fr Philip Andrews.

Tuesday, 19 June: Truth and tolerance: a reply to relativism, Fr Ross Campbell.

All will be held at 7pm in the Challoner Room, Basement, 24 Golden Square, London W1F 9JR (back of Warwick Street Church). Nearest tube: Piccadilly Refreshments: wine and cheese served.

NINTH NATIONAL DIVINE MERCY PILGRIMAGE TO THE SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM

thumbnail image This takes place on Saturday, 2 June departing from Westminster Cathedral at 7am. The cost of a return ticket is £17, available from Emmanuel on 020 7286 3804/07721 362000 or Caroline 07960 466377.

WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL YOUNG ADULTS

thumbnail image The Westminster Cathedral Young Adults group meets every Sunday following the 7.00pm Mass. We gather outside the main doors of the Cathedral after Mass (at the bottom of the steps, on the Piazza) and generally go to The Windsor Castle for a little socialising. We attempt to create a sense of community amongst young Catholic adults who come to London from all parts of the globe. All are welcome. For further details email westminsteryoungadults@gmail.com

Related links: Email Westminster Cathedral Young Adults

AMERICAN FRIENDS

thumbnail image American taxpayers can receive a US income tax deduction for their contributions to support the work and heritage of the Cathedral by directing their contributions to American Friends of Westminster Cathedral, Inc., a non profit 501(c)(3) Organization (EIN # 13-2983174).

They will also enjoy special events and receive newsletters about Cathedral activities. Donations may be made through bequests and charitable trusts.

Contact Ms. Una Chang, President, American Friends of Westminster Cathedral, Inc., P.O. Box 92, New York, New York 10185-0092, e-mail UChang1@aol.com

Related links: Click here for email

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

thumbnail image This takes place in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel every Monday to Friday following the 1.05pm Mass until 4.45pm.